Maddy is into her last few weeks at nursery, she’ll have just 3 more weeks after we get back from holiday. Today i went in to sign off all her achievements, as the class teacher wanted my input given she is home for more than half the week. I assume this is some form of baseline testing thing; it was a form that goes on to a database. Wasn’t really expecting to avoid LEA notice with her anyway but i guess that makes it impossible :/ Anyway, mostly it was filled in but they wanted to ask me about some stuff ; she’d got her scored as a child with predominantly year 1 abilities anyway, which i guess is good *assumes slightly patient expression*. I appreciated that they wanted my impressions anyway, so much more encompassing than the “handed dowen from on hiugh” approach. This particular teacher has been very pro-HE all year. We talked for a while about Maddy and she was very positive about her; did say she felt she would cope okay in school, and maybe she would, but wasn’t pushy in any way.
Then i signed Amelie’s forms ready for when she starts, which felt rather odd. She is extremely excited about it though, which i am glad about. its gonig to be a good deal easy to manage with her as the missing child than with Maddy out; trying to accommodate Fran and Ammi in one activity has proved very hard this year and its been nothing like as good as last year. I’m guess though that next year will be significantly better although i am going to have to put Ammi into some late clubs i think otherwise all we will do all day in rush in and out. Its going to make more sense if she stays for Late Club and then i collect her while the other 2 are at Ballet or Rainbows or whatever.
Fran had a fairly good day. Her main achievement was discovering Google and independently googling “book” (she got Amazon!) “cook” (she got a page of vegetables!) and “King Arthur” – she was absolutely thrilled with it! I was really pleased to see her suddenly being so aware of what is now available to her. This morning we sat down to do some sums – she polished off a page of addition very quickly – it was supposedly showing you how to split a set of numbers up logically so it was easier to add; like 6+3+7.. find the onbes that make 10 then add on to that type stuff – all far too easy (is that really year 3 stuff?) but we did a bit of it with maths rods to reinforce a concept Barbara and i talked about the other day (that 10 is actually 1 thing as much as it is 10 of something when you talk about a 10’s column) and then that led on to vertical adding again. She enjoyed that so much that i got her out a Nezert book and she did pages and pages of that; in fact, i kept finding her sat down doing more of them through the day. She also did a lesson worth of “Explode the Code” which she professes to hate but actually laughs the entire way through, is very quick at and is getting much better at reading because of. So no idea what that is about *lol* Possibly thati ‘d got into the hbit of doing other stuff while she does these things and she likes me to be with her. Oh well, whatever. The she played Lego Chess and beat it, did some sewing, played in the garden and asked to learn more on Henry. So tomorrow we are going to start out Book of Time and map out the Tudor Years.
Maddy had brought home more of her patent, finicky drawings from nursery and told me all about them – i love her art, its such a window into her head.
Ammi and Josie have played happily together all day. Josie was a good decision 😀 Oh yeah, and i’m addicted to the Ant World. Get one. All of you 😉